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How can you learn Spanish before your holidays ?

From Jon, published on 20/02/2018 Blog > Languages > Spanish > Learn to Speak Spanish for Traveling

The countdown has begun, you have two months (or more) to learn all you can of the Spanish language.

Do you want to master the basics of the language of Luz Casal in order to fully enjoy your stay, meet locals and ask for some practical information?

Don’t panic.

It’s possible to improve your Spanish while traveling, but there are also a lot of solutions to learn Spanish before packing your bags for the holidays.

Learn how to talk and have a conversation with Spanish speakers Learn to make an order in Spanish or simply ask your way to a local…

But we must warn you, you will still have to be motivated before leaving at the last minute.

Tips for learning the language of Cervantes before your departure

To learn Spanish quickly before landing on the beaches of the Costa Brava, the Costa del Sol or the Mexican land, start now to take good habits. Here are some small ideas to put into practice without delay:

  1. Change your smartphone into Spanish language (after a few days you’ll be familiar, I promise).
  2. Translate your favorite hits in Spanish, the time to understand the lyrics has finally arrived. Start with Obsesión de Aventura, to go gradually.
  3. Turn on the Spanish news during your breakfast.
  4. Give yourself Youtube breaks with Spanish videos subtitled in Eglish. Comic videosare allowed.
  5. Spend at least 15 minutes to practice the language each day before you leave. Let’s reassure the saturday party-animals, 6 days out of 7, it’s ok.

Watching movies and TV shows is a great way to improve your Spanish Train your Spanish in front of the small screen.

Very useful tips to apply, especially before going to one of the 5 student cities of Spain on vacation!

Choose one book to learn Spanish

If you are planning a trip to Mexico within two years, you may prefer a long-term method of learning Spanish.

But if your leaving for your holidays appears as a deadline, there is a good chance that you only have a few months in front of you.

We must therefore opt for an accelerated and effective method of learning Spanish with a lot of oral skills. With this way of learning a foreign language you can become fluent or even bilingual in a couple of months.

If pronunciation, useful vocabulary and conjugation are important, don’t put pressure on the written expression. In the short term, you will need to make yourself understood and able to exchange basic information. Your conversational skills are at the same time much more useful and much easier to improve really quickly.

Reading in a foreign langage is not easy but you will quickly understand that you don’t need to learn every word you don’t know yet to get the meaning of a sentence or a paragraph.

You will learn to get the meaning and vocabulary will come naturally to you. A great way to become fluent in Spanish is by immersing yourself in the language, reading in Spanish will allow you to do so.

Note: There is no need to clutter your mind with vocabulary words that you will not use. Some small books offer thematic rather useful lists, they will facilitate the task to make intelligent and selective memorizations.

For example, think of a book like “Speaking Spanish on a Trip” at Harrap’s. For less than 6 dollars, you access a large number of common phrases and a lexicon and expressions (about 5000).

Learn more vocabulary and grammar by reading in Spanish A bedside reading 100% in Spanish language.

Here is a selection of the best books to learn Spanish. We won’t hide it, if you have 6 months in front of you, it’s an excellent method that will allow you to discover the language in depth and that will give you the tools to master it.

So, first choose a book that offers the basics with bonus audio exercises (such as Spanish for Dummies with book + audio) and small thematic lexicons.

Learn Spanish with apps: modern and practical

Whether on your mobile or tablet, applications to learn Spanish have become essential to learn a foreign language.

You can search for very specific content anywhere and anytime and they don’t take up space (unlike a book that you should always carry with you).

With a mobile app dedicated to learning Spanish before the holidays, you can make your daily commute profitable and kill time in a useful way! Applications will allow you to immerse yourself in conversations you listen to, and by listenning to their pronunciation, their rhythm, you’ll get used to it and improve both you listening and conversational abilities.

By using this learning method, you have several undeniable advantages:

  • Learn while having fun
  • Study a language without time constraint
  • A personalized program
  • Intuitive learning
  • Access free Spanish courses for the most part (Duolingo)

For example, the free Nemo Spanish application allows you to register to correct your accent and pronunciation mistakes. A good way to work on your listening skills before speaking Spanish to native spearkers.

We recommend it for a short Spanish stay in Mexico or Madrid, but to go further in learning the language, it is quite limited.

Listening to audio programs and podcasts to improve your Spanish Practice your Spanish with a smartphone!

In the paid version, you can opt for Mosa Lingua (less than 6 dollars for the purchase). This application is quite well done and can be considered as the equivalent to a pocket version private teacher. This option consists of 10 levels, many vocabulary lists and tests to validate your skills.

Does this way of learning Spanish sound interesting to you? Superprof offers you to learn Spanish on iPad, at your own pace and without pressure.

Focus on digital resources to learn Spanish

You have bad memories of academic lessons and you want to learn Spanish without going back to school?

For an express training, focus on your conversationnal Spanish and comprehension with intuitive interactive methods. If you want to enjoy your stay, you need to be able to communicate in the real spoken Spanish. Unless you want to communicate by tablets with your holiday meetings, your conversational skills are essentials.

The great thing about digital resources to work on your Spanish is that there are all types, for all learner profiles, and with a lot of different methods:

  • Websites to take Spanish courses like www.studyspanish.com based on exercises and Spanish course sheets
  • Websites that offer Spanish videos like Videoele.com for multiple levels
  • Spanish online newspapers (El Mundo, La Razon, El País, Cinco Días, etc.): go to www.kiosko.net/es to see all the frontpages of all Spanish newspapers and train at the reading.

You want to work on your Spanish for free? Here is a little tutorial to learn Spanish for free on the internet.

Watch movies and TV shows in Spanish

The language in movies and TV shows in Spanish is the language of everyday life. Since Spanish is a living language, we don’t specifically recommend watching the great classics of Spanish cinema in the near future.

While watching a movie in Spanish, you can soak up the rhythms of sentences, see situations in everyday life, hear idiomatic expressions and know how to insert them into a conversation. You get used to the spoken Spanish and understand easier with both subtitles in Spanish and the information given by the images.

Movies are like a Spanish lesson, you will improve your comprehension and enrich your vocabulary in Spanish.

Be careful, we don’t recommend you to learn sentences by heart in order to reuse them as they are all the time. To memorize useful expressions, don’t hesitate to bring a notebook during the viewing.

Feel free to watch the excellent “For a few dollars more” Sergio Leone (1966) shot in the countryside of Almeria in Spain. On the other hand, if you are a big fan of silent cinema, know that Luis Buñuel with “An Andalusian Dog” (1928) will not help you to ask your way once you land in one of the 5 Spanish-speaking destinations to see…!

A Spanish tutor, why not?

The advantage of a private Spanish teacher is that he can help you to work your pronunciation and conversational skills by correcting you immediately.

For those who have already taken Spanish courses

If you already have scholar bases, it will be enough to revive your memory, to learn specific vocabulary for the holidays

It will be enough to explore the Spanish speaking country you deicided to visit and work on your Spanish by talking directly with native speakers to improve your conversational abilities.

Native speakers are probably the best teachers. Just by talking to you they will allow you to train on your conversational skills, and help you with the pronunciation.

They will also provide you an infinite amount of new words, adjectives, verbs, and extend your vocabulary knowledge naturally.

How? With scenarios such as booking a snorkeling trip for 4 people in the Balearic Islands, hiking near Sevilla or climbing the Machu Picchu in Peru.

For those who don’t know a word in Spanish

Would you like to learn useful phrases in Spanish to prepare your holidays? A private teacher can help you to understand and pronounce these typical questions, but above all a tutor can help you to be able to answer those questions.

If you want to go a step further to be able to build your own sentences, you will have to learn irregular verbs, diphthongs, grammar…

This conversational method is also valid with a friend who speaks Spanish, but everyone does not have a native speaker in his circle…

You were wondering how to learn Spanish before going on holiday, whether in Ibiza, Mexico or Caracas?

Now you have all the cards in hand for learning quickly and effectively Spanish.

Of course, don’t forget to put in your suitcase the everlasting little English-Spanish bilingual guide who can save you once you are there. It will also allow you to progress in Spanish during the holidays.

Without delay, discover the 20 sentences to know how to prepare your holidays.

Yes, before sipping a good mojito in front of the sea or drinking a glass of Pisco in the Peruvian mountains, there is still a bit of work in Spanish courses!


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